I hope you had a chance
to whisper in my sister’s ear
How beloved she is,
as she is tired of only reading books to her child
over and over, and over and over again.
and I hope you wrapped your arms
around my brother, whose birthday it is.
And that you reassured my youngest sister,
who isn’t talking to most of my family,
and my brother in law who is the same,
and kiss the cheek of my eldest who is figuring out complicated identity stuff
in the middle of Pride.
Please tell my middle child
in his own language, just how smart he is,
since the world often has trouble seeing past his autism.
And can you give some extra attention to my youngest?
I never forget him, but worry that he feels left out!
And I give some support to my husband, who supports all things, but also has a lot on his plate as well!
And I hope my parents are able to figure out their loving retirement,
And my aunt is safe and loved in her work in Armenia
and my in-laws are comfortable and loved.
Send extra care for congregation who are low on energy right now
And God, can we throw in all the prayers for the world, because its a lot, almost too much to name…
The wars and the guns and the illnesses? Not to mention droughts and natural disasters.
Can you love us, and creation into a better place?
God I just think we all need a little extra love right now…
For just a moment.
Anyway, anyone you can help us to feel it I’d appreciate it.
Because we humans can miss the obvious sometimes.
Thank you Jesus.
Katy Stenta is a solo pastor at a tiny Presbyterian church that is bigger on the inside in Albany, NY since 2010 and blogs prayers & Narrative Lectionary at http://www.katyandtheword.com and is pursuing her Doctorate in Creative Writing in Public Theology at Pittsburgh Seminary. When she is not dreaming up projects and ideas, some of which creep into the church, she plays with her three boys-boys or goes and visits her husband at the library, while he works, to read.
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